Top line: Colin Kaepernick’s Nike sneaker sold out on the first day it went on sale in North America, proving the sportswear retailer’s business did not suffer after right-wing figures threatened to boycott it company because of his close relationship with the former quarterback and NFL activist.
- The Nike Air Force 1 ’07 with Kaepernick features an embroidered print of Kaepernick’s face on the back of the shoe and “08 14 16” on the right sole, referencing the date Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem for the first time.
- According to Nike’s website, the shoe, which was released on Monday, has already sold out online.
- Points of sale may still have the shoe in stock.
Key context: Conservatives have criticized and threatened to boycott Nike since 2018 after the company featured Kaepernick in an ad campaign that ultimately won an Emmy. It also caused a sensation among right-wing figures after the company canceled the release of an American flag “Betsy Ross” shoe at the behest of Kaepernick, who said the sneakers would have glorified the era before abolition. of slavery.
News spades: Former NFL quarterback became a flashpoint in the Black Lives Matter movement in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem at football games to protest injustice racialism in the United States. Donald Trump and was blackballed from the NFL.